Originally Posted by Kropotkin
It would have been the 'Gresini' team. With all HRC crew, full factory support, someone senior supporting Hernandez, and about twice as many people in the garage as Bautista has. It would have been as 'satellite' as Rossi's Nastro Azzurro team in 2000. And it would have made little difference to his championship position. The rookie rule was always a bit of a red herring.
He would have had one more factory Honda to contend with and considerably lower expectations. He may have still shined right through.
Either way, my post was more wondering how Espargaro would go with the level of support and expectation Marquez receives.
Either way, if you think I am doubting Marc's abilities or the validity of his championship, you couldn't be more wrong.